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American Civil WarsThe United States, Latin America, Europe, and the Crisis of the 1860s$
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Don H. Doyle

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469631097

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631097.001.0001

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From Aggression to Crisis

From Aggression to Crisis

The Spanish Empire in the 1860s

(p.125) Chapter Six From Aggression to Crisis
American Civil Wars

Christopher Schmidt-Nowara

University of North Carolina Press

Spain is strangely neglected in most accounts of the international context of the American Civil War, but as Christopher Schmidt-Nowara shows in his essay, it played a major role in the crisis of the 1860s. Spain leapt to take advantage of the secession crisis, and sought to strengthen slavery and sovereignty in its Antillean colonies, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. Its aggressive foreign policy in the Americas backfired, however, and by the end of the de cade, Spain confronted grave challenges to both slavery and sovereignty, like those that the United States faced earlier.

Keywords:   Spanish Empire, Cuba, Antilles, Leopoldo O’Donnell, Guerra de Africa, slavery

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